An Adventure in Excellence

The RoSPA Health and Safety Awards have become a key fixture in the health and safety calendar, and winning an award is a fantastic way to demonstrate a commitment to health and safety excellence and continued progression and success year on year. But did you know that all RoSPA Winners are offered the chance to join the Awards Excellence Forum? For those of you unfamiliar with the forum…..

Mental Health in the Workplace – Learning how to thrive

In this short post, Dr Karen McDonnell discusses the importance of organisations focussing on their internal approach around mental health in the workplace. When was the last time you told someone you were proud of them or asked them how they were feeling? Too often in the world of work we crash on, getting the... Continue Reading →

What do Icebergs, Triangles, Carrots and a little bit of cheese have in common…and no it’s not MasterChef!

The theories linked to each of these four ingredients are fundamentally important in explaining the rich mix that is health and safety. Over the last few years we have successfully debunked health and safety myths, where 'Health and safety' is often incorrectly used as a convenient excuse to stop what are essentially sensible activities going... Continue Reading →

Acting together: celebrating success

Health and safety law in the UK has been 200 years in the making, and for 60 of these years RoSPA has encouraged organisations to share their success across the world. Through the awards network, RoSPA influences health and safety standards affecting almost 2.5 million employees globally, a real contribution to reducing the impact of... Continue Reading →

Protecting our fledgling workforce

The spring months traditionally bring new life, as fledglings prepare to leave the nest and make their way in the world. As a parent of a 21 and 23 year old I have encouraged them to spread their wings, develop themselves and find work that they enjoy and find fulfilling.  However, as they have grown... Continue Reading →

Look back in anger? A brief guide to Worker Memorial Day

Every year at RoSPA, we come together to celebrate Worker Memorial Day, an occasion when the world unites to focus on emerging trends in the field of occupational Health and Safety, and to draw attention to work-related injuries, diseases and fatalities worldwide.  In this short post, Dr Karen McDonnell, our occupational safety and health policy... Continue Reading →

Helping Great Britain Work Well: The RoSPA view

Dr Karen McDonnell, RoSPA’s occupational safety and health policy adviser, responds to the HSE’s new Helping Great Britain Work Well strategy. A few months ago I wrote an article for HSM about the inquiry into the health and safety arrangements for apprentices, that is being run by RoSPA’s National Occupational Safety and Health Committee (NOSHC). ... Continue Reading →

Corporate manslaughter: Are bigger fines and custodial sentences really the answer?

I had never considered how the words of Gilbert and Sullivan operas had become embedded in our language, but had a faint recollection of school musical productions such as the Mikado, from which the words “let the punishment fit the crime” and “short sharp shock” echoed. These phrases are now commonly linked to meting out... Continue Reading →

Health and work: the perfect mix?

Dr Karen McDonnell, CFIOSH, CBiol MIBiol, MIPD, AIEMA looks at the best ways we can blend together best practices in order to get the best mix of health and work challenges. Whether you order a Manhattan, Cosmopolitan or a gin and tonic you expect the mixologist to get it right every time. Mixing together the... Continue Reading →

Everyday – learning from the past

Dr Karen McDonnell, CFIOSH, CBiol MIBiol, MIPD, AIEMA looks at past workplace disasters, how things have changed and what we have done to improve overall health and safety in the workplace. I have had cause recently to do some background reading on the history of the UK’s mining industry in particular the Wellington Colliery Disaster... Continue Reading →

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